Pinker Pinker will have a tremendous amount to prove when she tackles tomorrow’s Group 2 WH Stocks Stakes at Moonee Valley.
Trainer Greg Eurell is looking for evidence from the talented four-year-old that she is capable of being competitive in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup next month.
Pinker Pinker won her most recent start in the Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes last weekend and her trainer is hopeful she will be able to back up and win tomorrow’s test.
It will be the first time the mare has competed at Melbourne’s Moonee Valley racecourse.
“Her first time at Moonee Valley will be an interesting exercise but she’s very adaptable,” Eurell said.
“Wherever she’s gone she’s always raced very genuinely and I wouldn’t expect anything different on Saturday.
“She’s come through her run really well and I have no reservations about running her again after a week.
“The lead-up to that race was primarily for this race as far as work goes.”
Pinker Pinker has drawn barrier 11 from 14 in the $200,000 race, however, Eurell is not at all concerned with the wide draw.
“I think she’ll get her opportunity to get into a spot, she makes her own luck,” he said.
“I think wherever (jockey) Dwayne (Dunn) wants to put her she’ll probably get there.”
This Saturday’s Stocks Stakes will see Pinker Pinker go head-to-head with the best mares once again, but Eurell understands she will need to prove herself against the boys before she can take her place in the $2.5 million Caulfield Cup.
“This race will determine which direction we take with her,” Eurell said.
She’s been competitive over all the distances she’s been over.
“It just depends on what she’s up against and Saturday (in the Let’s Elope Stakes) highlighted she’s taken the next step up, but she’s going to have to do it again against the boys if she’s going to go in the Caulfield Cup direction.”